This book examines the early development of the graphic arts from the perspectives of material things, human actors and immaterial representations while broadening the geographic field of inquiry to Central Europe and the British Isles and considering the reception of the prints on other continents.
The role of human actors proves particularly prominent, i.e. the circumstances that informed creators', producers', owners' and beholders' motivations and responses. Certainly, such a complex relationship between things, people and images is not an exclusive feature of the pre-modern period's print cultures. However, the rise of printmaking challenged some established rules in the arts and visual realms and thus provides a fruitful point of departure for further study of the development of the various functions and responses to printed images in the sixteenth century.
The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, print history, book history and European studies.
Grazyna Jurkowlaniec is a professor at the Institute of Art History at the University of Warsaw.
Magdalena Herman is a PhD candidate at the University of Warsaw.
Introduction: People Between Multiplied Things and Modified Images
Part 1: Things
1. Multiplicity and Absence: The Negative Evidence of Interactive Prints
Suzanne Karr Schmidt
2. Playing with Destiny: Three Late Fifteenth-Century Uncut Playing-Card Sheets from Florence and Urbino
3. Cultivating Designs: Early Ornamental Prints and Creative Reproduction
4. Gillet and Germain Hardouyn's Print-Assisted Paintings: Prints as Underdrawings in Sixteenth-Century French Books of Hours
5. A Passion for Prints: Netherlandish Engravings in an Early Sixteenth-Century Prayer Book
Part 2: People
6. Eroticism under a Watchful Eye: Censorship and Alteration of Woodcuts in Ovid's Metamorphoses between the Fifteenth and the Sixteenth Centuries
7. Limitations of the Reception and Consumption of Illustrations in Chronica Polonorum by Maciej of Miechów (Cracow, 1521)
8. A Foreign Affair. Thomas Gemini and his Booklet of Moresque Designs
9. Speaking Images and Speaking to the Images: Inscriptions in Religious Prints Published by Antonio Lafreri
Part 3: Images
10. Saint George from Greater Poland: Complexities of the Reception of Albrecht Dürer's Engraving
11. Changing Fortunes: Dürer's Nemesis and the Beham Brothers
12. The Set of the Four Elements by Hendrick Goltzius and the Use of Engravings in the Seventeenth Century
13. Different Confessions, Different Visions of Heaven? Visual Eschatology, Cross-Confessional Conformity and Confessional Identity Marking in the Picture Motet The Adoration of the Lamb and in Its Reception
14. Prints and the Beginnings of Global Imagery
Jean Michel Massing